Addicted to cheap trash: the roots of our recycling crisis

Burning rubbish in power plants could be a solution to our mounting waste problem.

Australia’s recycling crisis is rooted in an addiction to cheap trash.

Like much of the developed world, we are hooked on dumping our rubbish in China.

For a while, it worked. China’s enormous factories were hungry for our waste paper and plastic and rubber, which they could recycle and sell back to us at a much higher price.

But China has now slammed the door shut on yang laji  – “foreign garbage” – and Australia looks set to pay the price for years of complacency.

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